Shawntay Rose Dann is having candid conversations in entrance of a digital camera about every part from psychological well being to homelessness within the hopes of empowering different younger Nova Scotians to do the identical in their very own lives.
The 24-year-old is the host of a brand new podcast and video sequence known as Dialog for Change, created by the Halifax-based youth group Go away Out Violence, or LOVE.
Since January, Dann’s been talking with folks like MLA Lisa Roberts, poet and activist El Jones, and Marvin Okello with the Halifax Wanderers to ask them the questions younger folks need solutions to.
“It is each dialog [about] being an individual inside the LGBTQ2+ group, having psychological sickness, being incarcerated, being homeless … all of these issues are being spoken about, however behind closed doorways,” Dann, who can be a youth chief with LOVE, informed CBC Radio’s Data Morning on Friday.
Data Morning – NS9:06Hear a couple of new podcast from LOVE known as “Conversations for Change”
She mentioned it does not matter if the folks sitting throughout from her are older or may be able of energy. She needs to get to know them on a private degree, and in addition present different younger those who they do not should be afraid to ask robust questions.
“Listening to a voice that appears like yours, listening to language that appears like yours, but additionally seeing a face that can be youthful, an individual of color, a lady talking out and utilizing their voice, it makes you’ve a special really feel for your self and a special degree of confidence,” mentioned Dann.
Within the first episode, Dann requested Roberts, who represents Halifax-Needham for the NDP, about what she’s doing to deal with the province’s housing disaster. Dann additionally opened up about her personal expertise looking for reasonably priced, secure housing through the pandemic.
“That had been one thing I used to be personally coping with … and I knew loads of my buddies who had been coping with some housing struggles as nicely,” Dann mentioned.
“I used to be like, ‘OK, I’ve to ask questions, particularly across the tents which can be in our metropolis and the way we are able to change what homelessness is trying like and the speed of homelessness.'”
Dann mentioned she’s additionally handled Canada’s psychological well being system, each in Nova Scotia and elsewhere.
“Nonetheless coping with it makes it a little bit bit simpler … on our viewers as a result of they will see that if another person can do it, they will additionally do it and doubtless make it by,” she mentioned.
‘It is price it’
Dennis Allen, the manager director of LOVE Nova Scotia, mentioned the concept for the sequence took place throughout a management assembly with a few of the youth. They have been speaking about the Black Lives Matter motion and tips on how to result in actual social change.
“To makes issues higher, it is at all times uncomfortable,” he mentioned. “However it’s price it, that problem is price it.”
In a video introducing the challenge, Allen mirrored on the tough conversations he is had in his personal life. He mentioned a few of them have been with white colleagues about what it is like to maneuver by the world as a Black man.
“Youth need change on the planet,” Allen mentioned. “They wish to be with the accomplice of their selection. They need a degree taking part in discipline. They need everyone to be handled equally … if we will go there, we’ve to speak about it.”
He mentioned Dann is the right host for the sequence as a result of she’s fearless and will not again away from asking difficult questions, no matter who’s sitting throughout from her.
Dann hopes to in the future discuss with Premier Iain Rankin and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ask them what they plan to do to assist youth within the nation, and in addition to get to know them a little bit bit higher.
“I take a look at folks I discuss to as a brand new member of the family,” she mentioned. “We name it now LOVE Nation as a result of we wish it to be larger than simply LOVE Nova Scotia.”
For extra tales in regards to the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success tales inside the Black group — try Being Black in Canada, a CBC challenge Black Canadians will be pleased with.